Girardin Faro 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin
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3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks for sharing, Tim.
Pours sort of a murky amber color with a small off-white head. As anticipated, very sweet. Quite fruity with an interesting butterscotch note to it as well. Decently funky with some must, oak, and straw. Lightly tart with a lemon/lactic note. The flavor has the same interesting combination of sweetness and tartness. A bit of citrus peel along with candy, sugar, and butterscotch.
07-16-2012 22:00:28 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
375 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle. No bottle date on the bottle, but the cork says 2009. Take from that what you will.
Appearance - Pours a rather dull garnet. Clear. Decent head at first that explodes as I try to finish pouring the bottle. Sticks to the glass, surprisingly. Good lacing. Only a trickle of bubbles comes up from the leaf etched in the glass. Most lambics look like they have geothermal vents when I pour them into this glass.
Smell - Musty brett smell. Not acidic in the aroma. A dull cherry aroma lingers about. A little bit cidery.
Taste - Dry tasting at first. Like an under-fruited kriek. A little bit acidic, but I expected more. It isn't sweet, though. Maybe a touch in the finish as the acidity diminishes. Dry finish. Like a dry apple cider in the finish.
Mouthfeel - The flavors drop off quite quickly. I thought this would be sweet, but it isn't, which is nice. Highly carbonated.
Overall - It's as if the flavors were there once, but have fallen off. It's totally drinkable, but there's not a lot there. I've never had a Faro, so it's tough to rate to style. I doubt I'll have many more. I'm really just reviewing this to taste. I expect more, because the flavors that are there make me expect more lambic aspects than it delivers.
06-23-2012 23:58:40 | More by Alieniloquium
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: dark red-orange, good lacing, and a small head.
Smell: fruit, yeast, and a sweetness.
Taste: sweet sugar and a fermented fruit flavor.
Overall: this is a nice Faro. It has some nice flavor and actually isn't overly sweet.
06-08-2012 01:01:56 | More by megahurts4
2.63/5 rDev -29.1%
I picked this up while I was in Europe. Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish amber with just a hint of off white head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Some sweet malty notes with just a touch of lambic sourness. Rather mild.
Taste: This beer is sweet up front with a mild sourness that shows up next. The sweetness reminds me of artificial sweetener. The finish is rather bitter, but the sour notes go away.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a slick finish.
Overall: This isn't a very good beer. The artificial sweetener flavor is off putting. I wouldn't want to have another one.
05-22-2012 23:52:15 | More by oline73
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled in 2011, according to cork
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass
Girardin has a solid faro on there hands here, but this leans towards the lighter, brighter, more refined end of the style. My preferences seem to be toward the heavier, stronger, coarser flavor offered by Lindemans. Still quite good, would pick up with some regularity if easily obtainable.
Pours a fluffy, creamy-looking head of 1-2cm that's off-white in color. Gradually fades over 1-2 minutes, to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the edges. Leaves small amounts of lacing, fairly minimal, around the glass. Body is a tea-like orange brown in light, out of light it's a darker shade of orange with brown tint. Fairly active carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy body.
Aroma of amber Belgian candi sugar and slight malt. Yogurt-like sour aroma with a smooth, sugary, creamy component to it as beer warms and I reach the bottom of the bottle. Not picking up much else in this category, was expecting perhaps a slight bit of organic decomposition smells
Reminiscent of a slightly heavier, less hoppy, and more tea with sweetener-like version of the Dominicus. Opens with sweet, sugary, tea-like flavor, transitioning to a mild Belgian candi sugar meets malt base with slight caramel characters. Mid-palate picks up mild tartness, slightly sour, somewhat like tart apples in a bath of malt and yogurt. Closes out with continued Belgian candi sugar sweetness and a fairly bright, lemon or fresh green apple tartness. Aftertaste of slight oak with mild tartness and candi sugar sweetness.
Medium-bodied with slight wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is modest, but enough to propel this across the palate. Resulting feel is smooth and easy drinking.
03-14-2012 03:40:36 | More by falloutsnow
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
Pour is a deep copper color with tons of a tight bubbly tan head. The nose is light, mostly lambic, a little cob web like fun and some faint caramel and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose but a slight bit sweeter. Cobweb and dusty funk adds a bit of complexity as sweet caramel and brown sugars come in. The body is light with a very active feel on the tongue and a hint of dryness. The flavors and nose are a bit muted but it does offer balance and some depth of flavors.
02-13-2012 15:59:47 | More by cpetrone84
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
2011 bottle opened 1/7/2012
A: Dark caramel colored body. Crystal clear with a pale khaki one-inch cap. A few stray steaks left on the sides of the glass.
S: Caramel, apples, oak, and brown sugar. A nice general funky/musty character.
T: Like the nose, the Girardin Faro is dominated by caramel, apples, oak and must. The one draw back is that you can tell that there is artificial sweetener here (Ace-K).
M: Medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. Nice tartness. However, the presence of Ace-K creates a chemically residual sweetness that isn't present in fresh faro.
O: A tasty bottled offering of faro. I'd prefer Girardin cut the crap and remove the AceK though.
01-08-2012 18:32:20 | More by callmemickey
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Pours cloudy dark brown with lots of red hues. The head is rather small and soapy; off-white. Slow dissipation leaves rahter rich lacings.
S: Brett and funk. Spices - mainly pepper. Lots of sweetness. Some wheat.
T: Very sweet, from the candi-sugar. Then there's the brett and the spices. Kind of fruity. Wheat gives it ripe bananas. Dry.
M: Long and really sour aftertaste, some bitterness as well. Dry (actually bone-dry) light body and almost no carbonation.
O: A Faro isn't the easiest Style to like, but this isn't so far out - a nice introduction to the style.
10-15-2011 16:15:39 | More by Evil_Pidde
2.63/5 rDev -29.1%
Pours a deep red murky brown with an off-white head that settles into a faint ring. Murky looking brew, but looks appealing.
Nose is not too enjoyable. Vinegary ketchup, somewhat medicinal, and musty. Not much in the way of what I would expect from a lambic, but maybe what is expected for a faro. Flavor is better: sweet brown sugar up front, caramel apples, and more vinegar. Not very sour, but slightly tart. Has a weird, almost too ripe green apple aftertaste. Weak carbonation, more silky than effervescent.
I guess fados really aren't my thing. Still decent though.
08-25-2011 01:42:53 | More by muttyd
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Best before 2012
This is my first faro so I have no idea what to expect. Let’s hope it’s good.
Appearance: Wow,Girardin Faro is a great looking beer. Beautiful caramel-copper-golden body (crystal clear - though that was expected since it is filtered) with a good sized white head that lasts acceptably well and leaves some nice lace.
Smell: I think if I had smelled this, not knowing what it was, there would have been just enough similarities to the gueuze for me to guess it came from Girardien. Lightly tart apples and grapefruit to start; then sweet caramel, lots of oak and a burst of spices (enough to make me think that this beer might be spiced) - ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Funk is present though in far smaller quantities than the gueuze - sweat, wet wood, musty leather and a touch of hay.
Taste: Lightly tart and fruity upfront with apples, grapefruit and white grapes. Caramel sweetness takes over pretty quickly and dulls the flavour a little bit. Spices and funk lurk behind the caramel. Nutmeg, clove, mold, earth, oak and hay are all noted. I actually like the sweetness; I just wish it didn't dull the funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, fairly sticky from the sugar with a good, low level of carbonation.
Overall: Great beer from a very interesting style. I will have this again.
08-08-2011 16:15:36 | More by Thehuntmaster
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
A rare faro tick courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks, Craig. Pours clear amber with low level of carbonation, no head. Smells like caramel, oak and funk. Little bit of sourness shines through, and quite a bit more -bal and funk than I was expecting. Some hay-like scents. Taste is actually more oaky than sweet, though there's plenty of sugar to even out the sourness and tannins. Wet wood, caramel, bitterness and tannic oak in the finish. Has the Girardin essence, just very sweet. Couldn't drink a lot of this, but it's decent in small quantities. Best faro I've tasted at this point, really not bad.
05-16-2011 23:20:51 | More by largadeer
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a slight white head. The aroma is more funky than expected and has a slight herbal, medicinal note. The taste is quite a surprise and reminds me of sweet peppermint. The medicinal notes in the nose are slightly present in the taste but not as much, I think they get covered up by the sweetness of the malt. Very easy drinking with a light/medium mouthfeel. Some notes of cedar or wood as well.
10-29-2010 13:48:59 | More by kbutler1
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
Pours a copper amber. Has a beige head to it with decent retention.
Aroma: Sweet with brown sugar and spice notes up front. It has a little bit of fruit flavors and some funk to it.
Taste: Really dry tasting. A lot of brown sugar and spice to it. It has some oak and vanilla with some fruit flavors. A lot of brett flavors here. Not that impressive.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A bit bubbly surprisingly. It has a medium body with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.
Overall, I somewhat like it. Not something I want a lot of, but it was great to try this one. Pretty unique.
10-21-2010 02:03:21 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev +7.8%
A faro i actually like. Who knew such a thing existed. Beer is amber to red in color and mostly clear with a thin white head of small bubbles and moderate carbonation.
Aroma is mostly lactic and some acetic with some sweetness.
Beer is moderately dry and light in body with a mild forward sweetness and some lactic and acetic notes leading up to a clean finish. Its got a nice mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.
10-19-2010 02:53:20 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
1.73/5 rDev -53.4%
This stuff is disgusting and tastes like diapers. Much more funky than any other Girardin I have tasted. Pour is brown, no real head or lacing. I was expecting it to be sweet but it was not. Rubbery and a bit oxidized, definitely a "yuck" factor present. My first faro but I can't believe it is supposed to taste like this. This is the sort of beer that grows up with a father that beats them constantly in a trailer park and winds up on an episode of cops.
07-05-2010 04:05:34 | More by craytonic
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a pretty, light amber that's clear. Nose is cherry, butterscotch, faint raspberry, with that lambic funkiness. Flavor is slightly thin, with apple, pear, a touch of sweat, and berry sweetness on the finish with some nice acidity. A very approachable, yet respectable lambic.
02-17-2010 20:05:20 | More by gyllstromk
United Kingdom (England)
2.42/5 rDev -34.8%
Cork and caged 0.375 litre bottle.
Faro's can be really sweet or really sour, this one leans towards the sour end, but has a sweetness to it also.
Murky brown to reddish in colour, small off-white head which left some limp lacing on the glass.
The small was rather off-putting, an aroma of bile and sour sick hit my nose, not nice.
The tastebuds took a hammering here, initially sweet, it swiftly reversed into a sour vinegar, cooking apple, scrumpy cider sort of taste. Strange how it changed so quickly into a homebrewed cider sort of beer.
I found it difficult to finish and that is rare with me, so not the best faro I've had.
01-18-2010 23:24:07 | More by BlackHaddock
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Picked this up at Bier Tempel in Brugge. Served in a flute glass. Cork is stamped 2009.
A - Pours with big light tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of sticky lacing. Transparent dark coppery brown color with bubbles racing to the top.
S - An interesting mix of apple fruitiness, bretty funk, brown sugars, spice, some slight medicinal character, maybe a touch of wood.
T - Taste is more cherry, but again with brown sugar, spice, and a nice funky finish. Less interesting than the smell. Very clean finish and minimal aftertaste.
M - Medium-light, juicy, sticky body, but finishes dry with some light cottonmouth sensation that lingers. The carbonation seems to have all gone into the head, as the residual CO2 is quite light.
D - This is pretty easy drinking stuff. It's not as drinkable as classic gueuze due to the sweetness, but I could easily put back a 375ml bottle.
09-28-2009 22:38:30 | More by MasterSki
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
Big ups to Alex for breaking this one out as I arrived at his place. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a flute.
A - Pours reddish brownish with an off-colored white head. Very large and frothy with lots of sticky lacing along the sides and a good two fingers of head.
S - Sweet on the nose with dark fruits and some burnt caramel.
T - Sweet dark fruits, plums, raisins, with a mildly funky finish. It pretty much goes from sweet to tart in no time, which is unlike anything I've ever had. A different beer, bit I'm digging it.
M - Super-light, very light carbonation, much like juice with some tart mixed in there. A nice dry finish.
D - The split of this bottle helps because I don't know if I could drink all too much of it. That said, I would drink again but doubt I'll ever see it again.
09-28-2009 22:38:06 | More by Sean9689
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Reddish amber color with a surprisingly big head with just the slightest pinkish hue. Good retention as well and nice lacings.
S: A rather mild smell, restrained and easygoing for a lambic. You can tell that the vinegar and funky notes ad subdued by the sweetening. Still some vinegar, apples, lemon, grass and hay. Gentle funkiness as well. Some tart fruity aromas.
T: The taste is also restrained and gentle. It lacks a little complexity and perhaps some balance but it's still tasty. Nice fruity notes of apples and some cherries. Lemons. Mild tartness balanced by a well integrated sweetness. Luckily, the sweetness doesn't have that candy-like feel to it that some overly sweetened lambics have. Restrained notes of wet hay, barnyard and earthy yeast. The finish is dry with a refreshing tartness, citric notes and a gentle grassy bitterness. Some slightly too prominent mineral notes in the finish as well.
M: Moderate to light body. The carbonation seems a little off, it's like the bubbles are too big or something.
D: A very easy to drink lambic with mellow flavors and a restrained tartness due to the sweetening. Refreshing. All in all, not a bad beer.
07-20-2009 19:04:01 | More by ricke
4.08/5 rDev +10%
bottle by way of glouglouburp.
rich copper colored pour with a short lived vigorous white head. seems pretty dark, no?
it smells sweet and grainy yet still tart and dusty... aromas include caramel, cement, leather and red apple cider with warming spices.
same thing goes for the flavor.... it*s a mix of sweet and sour i*ve not yet sampled. flavors of sweet bruised red apples, caramel, dust, copper/minerals and yeast with a mild soft tartness. the finish is dry and grainy with some cinnamon creeping in as it warms. medium to rich bodied. it*s rather thick and oily but parching and dry at the same time.
12-24-2008 21:33:30 | More by hellbilly
4.93/5 rDev +32.9%
Small corked and caged bottle, poured into a snifter.
Glowing orange in color, with a nice, long lasting white head, lots of lacing.
Musty aroma, lots of leather, quite obvious Brett smell. Guarana seeds, multiple fruits, sour notes.
Light bodied, nice carbonation, this is by far the best Faro I ever had; it is indeed sweeter than the original 1882, but not by much; there are multiple sour, acidic notes along with the sweety fruitiness, and lots of earthiness and funkiness. A very impressive example, high drinkability since it is well balanced and just lightly sweet. A masterpiece of flavor packed in such a low ABV.
09-07-2008 05:50:44 | More by brdc
4/5 rDev +7.8%
37.5cl bottle, 02/08 printed on the cork. Purchased at the Bier Tempel in Brugge.
Girardin's Faro would appear, in my limited experience with this rare style, slightly darker than others. It has an almost metallic, coppery brown colour that shines with genteel ruby. The combination of tones and lack of clarity give it a sand-like complexion. An acceptable level of khaki beige head sits atop.
The aroma is layered and full of funk - we're talking George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic All-Stars-level funk! These yeasty notes, combined with a light scent of ripe field berries and sugar, give the aroma a Greek yogurt-like characteristic. Other fruits, notably cantaloupe, can also be smelt. The rock sugar is present and plentiful, lending a cotton-candy like quality. This is one smell I can definitely groove to!
The mouthfeel, however short lived, offers a rousing and invigorating experience that feels like pop-rocks exploding on the tongue! The candy sugar is tooth decayingly sweet, but the base lambic - and it's funk - is not completely crowded out.
While the funk hits upfront, bitterness, malt, and fruit esters soon follow. Earthy flavours of rotting fruit are discrete but present as is, to no surprise, the sugar. A little bit of pepper like spice comes through. Although the carbonation is pretty low, the beer is very quenching. It is a taste that - owing to the sweetness - I imagine most people would find agreeable.
I've enjoyed all of the Girardin lambics I've tried but their Faro, in particular, seems the stand out offering. It was super neat, and a little unlike the couple other Faros I've tried. It had an untypical amount of depth for the style, a touch of fruit, gums-swelling level of sweet sugar, and a mellow jam session of funk. This is something I might have to seek out again...
07-16-2008 02:16:20 | More by biegaman
Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.